US voters furious: disapproval of Congress rises to an all-time high of 82%
Disapproval of the United States Congress rose to an all-time high after weeks of rancorous partisan battles over raising the US debt ceiling took the country to the brink of default, according a New York Times/CBS News public opinion poll published on Friday.
A record 82% of Americans now say they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, compared with 14% who approve, the poll found.
The disapproval rating for Congress was the highest in the 34 years the question has been asked in the poll and up from the previous high of 77% set in May 2010.
The US Congress approved a 2.1 trillion dollars deficit-cutting plan just before an Aug 2 deadline for raising the US borrowing authority. The deal to lift the 14.3 trillion dollars debt ceiling was signed into law with just hours to spare before the government was due to run out of money to pay all its bills.
An overwhelming 72% of the poll respondents disapproved of the way opposition Republicans in Congress handled the debt ceiling negotiations, while 60% disapproved of the way Congressional Democrats acted to resolve the crisis.
Half of those polled said the debt ceiling agreement should have included increased tax revenue, which Republicans fought, as well as spending cuts. However 44% said the agreement should have relied on spending cuts alone.
An overwhelming majority, 82% said the debt ceiling fight was more about gaining political advantage than doing what is best for the country.
More than half said they think Republicans compromised too little while 34% said President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress did not compromise enough.